A Little Sparkle for the Holidays

I was just looking at some of the catalogs that have been arriving and it looks like “sparkle” will once again be the way to go for the Holidays!  I love a little Glitz and dressing up – even if I probably will be spending most of the Holidays at home.

My favorite so far?  Those little clip-ons for shoes that WHBM is showing this year.  Maybe because it reminds me of some of the boot bling Steve and I are so fond of creating?  How can you not like a little sparkle on your feet?  Makes me think of Cinderella and her wonderful glass slippers!

I vote for a clingy black dress, a pair of sleek black stiletto heels adorned with a touch of rhinestones, surrounded by family, friends and good food and drink – what could be better to welcome in the new year?

The French Mystique Continues

I just returned from a wonderful trip to France – and even though its been twenty years since my last visit – French women still have “it”!  They look like they spend no time on their makeup or clothes and yet they all look amazing – like they just stepped out of a fashion magazine!  How do they do it?

It just looks effortless!  Here is what I saw over and over – a black leather jacket, a pair of well fitting jeans or pants, a scarf, and a pair of boots – that’s it!  I wore the same thing and I assure you – I did not make the same statement.  Its got to be the attitude – I wonder how you get it?  My guess is if you have to ask – you don’t have it and probably never will!


Boots – a pair for every taste!

I admit, I have a boot obsession – after having to wear black pumps most of my adult life – nothing sounds better to me than slipping into a comfortable pair of boots!

I try to limit myself to one pair of new boots for the spring and summer time and one pair for the fall and winter.  So its time to look for my fall/winter pair!  I don’t like to decide too quickly or it will make for a long wait before I get to  shop again.  So I decided to start with an online search to see what was out there this season.

I stopped after my first 2 searches – Nordstrom’s had over 125 pages of boots and DSW had over 30 pages – and no – I did not scroll thru all of those pages to see if they were really all boots!

But I looked thru enough to know that there are a lot more types of boots than when I was young.  Here is a sample of what we women now have to choose from:

  • Over the knee boots – I would love to try on a pair – but where do you wear them?
  • Booties – more styles and colors than I could possibly try on in a weekend shopping trip!
  • Cowboy Boots – now who hasn’t wanted to be a cowgirl at one time or another?
  • Riding Boots (even though most of us don’t ride and probably never will!)
  • Moccasins – they look so soft and comfy – but so far I have not succumbed!
  • Classic Black Boots – these have gone from necessary winter accessories to the focal point of your outfit.
  • Industrial looking boots – I do remember these from my youth!
  • Motorcycle boots – yes I do have a pair – and no I have never sat on a bike!
  • Combat Boots – I haven’t really been drawn to this style yet – but you never know!
  • Snow boots – no longer worn just in the snow – and some are probably better off getting nowhere near the  white stuff!


Our First Sale Ever

Post from Julie:

Steve is in charge of our inventory and he has decided that before he will unveil our newest creations for the Holidays, we should clear out a few of our seasonal summer jewelry.  Theses are still one of a kind pieces – but may have a bit of a warm weather vibe.  So if you live in a warmer climate, or will be travelling to the tropics during the winter – now is the time to check out our Inventory Close-outs!

What Shoes Do You Have in Your Closet?

With the seasons changing, its time to move out the summer clothes and move in my winter clothes.  I started with my shoes – goodbye sandals and flipflops – hello boots and closed toe shoes!

Its always a good time to look them over and weed out those that are REALLY out of style and probably have seen better days.  So in hopes that I might get to replace a pair or two – I’ve been checking into what’s new and what should be in anyone’s closet.  Here’s what I found:

The Block Heel – extremely versatile and very comfortable – hallelujah!!!

The Sneaker – another comfy option – wear it with leggings and an over-sized sweater.

The Classic Pump – no longer just for work – wear it with skinny jeans – who knew?

The Pointy Toe Flat – comfort seems to be “in” this year – plus they make your legs look longer!  Wear them with tights and a skirt or your boyfriend jeans and a tunic.

The Ankle Boot – My favorite fallback shoe! You can wear them with almost anything!!  And yes, I always wear a boot bracelet with them!